Thursday, April 30, 2015
museum about the classic story it seemed like a good idea. There is a Cervantes library here with lots of copies of the book...in many languages including English. So reading the book became a goal, which I completed yesterday. This version is long-940 pages-but the newest English translation in the library here. It took a long time (over 16 hours), and I do not think I would have persevered in reading it if I had been in the States. I wanted to know why it is so famous, and am not sure I know. Don Quixote is the main character, and his companion in his exploits is Sancho Panza. Anyone reading it would quickly come to the conclusion that the two of them are obviously crazy. There adventures are at times entertaining, and there are stories within the story. But parts of the book are just plain long-Quixote is fond of talking a lot, much of it lunacy. Thankfully, once part 2 started, it seemed to get better, and move along more quickly. Maybe because of the length of the book, or being distracted by reading such a long book, sometimes I could not keep all the characters straight. Have you read the book? It might be worth reading, but sometime when you have lots of extra time and are feeling diligent.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
It turns out to be something to laugh about, but also a good lesson. My Spanish speaking friends thought I would know what the place would be since I know a fair amount of Spanish. I never asked what was at Balneario de Comanjilla or if I needed to bring anything special. I need to remember to ask for more details, and I think my friend will remember to be more specific. The good thing about this lesson is was funny instead of difficult, like some lessons tend to be.
Friday, April 24, 2015
The last thing that has been taking up my time is reading Don Quixote. There is an English copy in the library which I cannot check out, so have been spendt a fair amount of time reading there. Progress is slow, but I may be able to finish it by the end of next week.
Monday, April 13, 2015
The countryside reminds me some of what a person sees in parts of the Central Valley of California.
It was good to see a few new things, but I am glad that vacation is over and school is back in session. Two weeks does not seem like a long time for a break in Minnesota, but it seemed long here.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The Giver by Lois Lowry is my most recent read. It was required reading for me 20 years ago when a college student, this time I picked it up because I found it for a dollar at Goodwill and wanted to bring some decent books with me to read while in Mexico.
Jonas, the main character, is an eleven year old living in a utopian community. At the age of twelve, each child is assigned a career. Jonas wonders what his assignment will be and is quite surprised to get the job of receiver. His life is altered in a manner he never could have imagined.
Lowry has done an excellent job at telling this story, but it is too bad it is classified as children's literature, as some people would not pick it up to read. The content is more mature than some elementary students would grasp and I would not recommend it for all children. I do think adults should read it, though. It would be worth discussing with a book club or a group of teens. I am curious about the movie based on the book, which came out last year. Have your read the book or seen the movie?
Friday, April 3, 2015
This week I have been doing some sightseeing because my school is closed. On Monday I went to Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel. It felt like I was out of the city and I enjoyed walking around in the gardens. None of the gardens were very big, but they each had a different theme. There were old buildings, old walls, and lots of rock, but not a lot of people, which was a nice change from the center of Guanajuato.
Tuesday I went to the Don Quixote Museum. Wednesday I walked to two parks I have never been to and the Fuentas Ranas of Guanajuato. The word Guanajuato means place of frogs, though I have not seen any live ones yet. My guess is at the founding of the city there was probably more water here and plenty of frogs. I also went to the Museo del Pueblo de Guanajuato. It is an art museum, with one part dedicated to miniatures. One of the temporary exhibits there was called Imagine. It was interesting because the artists took a bunch of weapons and used them to make musical instruments.
The last couple of days I have been sticking close to home. Guanajuato is a tourist attraction for Mexicans and foreigners alike, and with it being Semana Santa, it is full. On Thursday, the people walk from church to church. Today (from a distance) I saw part of a reenactment of Jesus' walk to Golgotha.